September Sample Sales

Sample sales are in abundance on the last Friday of every month at the LA Fashion District and today is no different! Hundreds of showrooms for men, women, kids & home that are usually only exclusive to wholesalers have their doors open for the public to shop. Here are some sample sale action happening right now!

Evening dresses for $40 and $60, depending on length, at ABS Allen Schwartz, A0555, California Market Center

Kidswear, 6th Floor, California Market Center

Designer Ed Hardy children's apparel for a GREAT steal! Can't get any better than this!

Rep Et Trois, A0294, California Market Center

Many showrooms have sample sale signs to easily let shoppers know who's open for business

Shoppers will find lots of tops, jackets and pants anywhere from $10-$30 during the sample sale

Neatly displayed racks of clothing inside Noetic Showroom - a no fuss sample sale, just like shopping at a boutique! #612, Cooper Design Space

Smart shoppers who brought their own shopping bags inside Noetic Showroom

Tons of discounted clothing in beautiful prints, patterns and rich colors perfect for Fall are on sale!

Gaga for Gingham

I've always thought of gingham print as a more summery look but a few stylish bloggers I've seen wearing it lately, have me convinced it's a look that can easily be taken into fall. It's one of those timeless, preppy prints that will never go out of style!
Gaga for Gingham
  Paired with jewel toned sweaters or pants it's the perfect style to wear all season long- I'm especially loving the bow!I think the mixing of prints w/ stripes, layering on chunky knits, and pairing w/ autumn hues are interesting looks as well.
Do you have any gingham in your wardrobe?

xoxo, lauren,

LA Flower Market has the Largest Privately Owned Solar Installation in DTLA

Some of the solar panels installed with the breathtaking Downtown Los Angeles backdrop

The LA Fashion District's LA Flower Market just got greener. On Tuesday, September 27, 2011, the LA Flower Market held a press conference that officially welcomed the installation of a 280kw Solar Electric System that will now harness power from the brightest star to generate energy for their many vendors that sell flowers. This amazing feat marks the LA Flower Market as the largest privately owned commercial system that LADWP has in their system at this time, with 1,246 Schuco USA solar panels in place.

Councilwoman Jan Perry, chair of the Energy and Environment Committee; the Los Angeles Flower Market of Los Angeles; the Board of Directors of the American Florists Exchange which includes the LA Fashion District Executive Director Kent Smith; and the LADWP were present to help celebrate this milestone in transporting the historic facility into the 21st century.

"It is very fitting that the largest flower market in the United States is leading the way for the present and future of renewable energy. This solar project is an example of how sustainability and growth can coexist and flourish," said Councilwoman Perry. "I commend the Los Angeles Flower Market for championing green energy."

Here are some benefits that the solar system installation will provide for the LA Flower Market:
  • Offset 90% of the Market's usage for its largest meter
  • Reduce 8,724 tons of CO2 over 25 years
  • Provide estimated savings of $748,276 over 25 years
  • Savings is the equivalent of 28,389,080 miles not driven

Councilwoman Jan Perry speaking at the press conference

Some of the solar panels installed on the roof top

As part of LADWP's Solar Incentive Program, the green project garnered a $606,754.46 rebate
which will help offset the system's cost (photo via LAist)

CALIFORNIA DREAMING Fashion Show for a Cause

The Fashion Business Inc. (FBI) presents CALIFORNIA DREAMING...A FASHION CELEBRATION FOR A CAUSE. This special fundraiser event will celebrate Los Angeles as a global fashion center, one that welcomes cultural diversity and nurtures creativity, on Thursday, October 20th, from 6 – 10 pm at the beautiful Downtown Los Angeles venue Vibiana.

This entertaining, exclusive preview of California’s established and emerging talent, co-produced by Bubblefish Media and the FBI, will include the best of Southern California and the return of the Moss Adams Fashion Innovator Award (MAFI). The show will feature a runway presentation of capsule collections from LA’s best fashion designers. From surf and street, to junior and contemporary as well as high-end edgy and celebrity red carpet looks, the high energy show will cover every base. A reception featuring entertainment, cocktails, and hors d’ oeuvres will be held in the atrium, preceding the fashion show.

The fundraiser will help support the ongoing services of the Fashion Business Incorporated, a 501c3 educational non-profit. All donations are tax deductible to the full extent of the law.

Don't miss this exciting event!

$20 FBI Members
$40 Non-members
Buyers with Badges - FREE

RSVP Required
(213) 892-1669

213 S. Main Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012

California Dreaming...A Fashion Celebration for a Cause
6:00pm - Red Carpet Arrivals & Reception
7:00pm - Runway Show with Award Presentation

Making a Statement

One of the fashion rule I live by, is trying to wear statement pieces whenever possible. In order to make super trendy looks accessible for us everyday fashionistas, sometimes all it takes is throwing on a bold earring, colorful pant, or a layer of funky nail polish. It's all about making the unique pieces stand out among an otherwise basic outfit and adding a dose of the unexpected!
These are some of my favorite statement pieces from beaded clutches to rock candy cocktail rings.
Statement Pieces
These are some of my favorite examples of very wearable looks that still make a statement:
An aztec necklace paired w/ basic tee
Colorful pants or a leather vest via ELLE
Would you look at those boots?! via Mode Junkie
More coloful pants & a sequined bag to top it off!
The queen of statement pieces, Blair of Atlantic-Pacific
Fuchsia lips & quirky sunglasses.

Do you have a go to statement piece that you wear to liven up any outfit?

xoxo, lauren

PHOTOS: Macy's Passport Presents Glamorama

We attended Macy's Passport Glamorama on Friday, September 23 at the LA Fashion District's Orpheum Theatre. It was an AMAZING show filled with electrifying performances by Far East Movement and Cee Lo Green as well as visually appealling fashion installations by collections from Rachel Roy, Armani Exchange and Macy's Impulse, just to name a few. A special tribute was also given to AIDS activist Elizabeth Taylor that commemorated her courageous support to fight this serious disease. Macy's Glamorama was set to help benefit for AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA) and Project Angel Food.

After the event, hundreds of fashionable attendees headed over to the California Market Center for an exclusive after-party. Free make-up touch ups by MAC, open bars and gourmet buffets, photo booths, gift bags and much more were enjoyed by all. Here are some photos of the Glamorama event, courtesy of the California Market Center:

Opening Host Pauley Perrette from CBS's "NCIS"

ARTrageous Dance Overture

Tommy Girl Fashion Presentation

Macy's Impulse Fashion Presentation

Macy's Impulse Fashion Presentation

Armani Jeans
Armani Jeans



Far East Movement

Far East Movement

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Special tribute to AIDS Activist Dame Elizabeth Taylor presented by her grandsons and friend Sharon Stone

Kenneth Cole Fashion Presentation

RACHEL Rachel Roy Fashion Presentation

RACHEL Rachel Roy

Calvin Klein

Calvin Klein
Tracey Reese



Cee Lo Green

Cee Lo Green & Glamorama Finale Performance

My Fall Checklist

With a whole bushel of freshly picked apples to bake with.. I'm feeling fall more than ever. I've been inspired by the "Things I Love about Fall" tumblr to create a a virtual checklist of things I love about the season & am looking forward to doing (everyone says to enjoy it while I can before I get overwhelmed with Wisconsin snowfall!)Photobucket
I'm dying to make some of those pumpkin whoopie pies; recipe here.
What do you love most about Fall/should I add to my checklist?

xoxo, lauren